library named a national star by 'Library Journal'
February 23, 2009 | LEWISTON - Library Journal
has rated the city's library as one of the 256 "star"
libraries in the country.
The library was rated as five stars in the Feb. 15
issue of the journal, along with the Salt Lake City
Public Library. Library Journal rates 7,115 public
libraries, and the top libraries in each group receive
five, four, or three Michelin guide-like stars.
"Our library is the best in the state of Utah," said
city treasurer Robert Barlow, "What other town so small
has a library so big?"
Lewiston's librarian and director Chris Martinez said
on LibraryJournal.com that included in the mission statement
of the Lewiston Public Library that "the library will
serve as a center for learning and enrichment for all
residents of the community regardless of age level."
The library hosts many activities to help the community
in providing free tax services, story times, child activities,
and flu shot clinics. Also the library gives away free
magazines during the month of January. During certain
times of the year, in place of charging library fines,
the library works with the food pantry. For every dollar
in fines, a person can donate a can of food. Also during
the summer the library sponsors reading programs and
holds preschool story time.
"We have tremendous community support," said Martinez.
"The library is a hub of activity and a main source
of information for the community at large."
The library helps community residents obtain information
for their personal, educational, and professional needs.
The library holds eight computers where teenagers and
adults can use the internet, and two computers with
educational games for children three years and older.
"In our county, most cities restrict the use of the
library to those living within city limits. As we live
in a rural town, we allow people to use our library
at no cost."